Election tribunal: Sanwo-Olu and wife voted with invalid voters card – Witness 

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A witness, has told the Lagos State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal headed by Justice Arum Ashom, that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his wife, Ibijoke voted with invalid voters card.

This testimony was given, on Monday, by Labour Party agent, Dayo Isreal, who was subpoenaed to testify in the petition filed by Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, the Labour Party’s candidate, in the governorship election, seeking to nullify the return of Gov. SanwoOlu and his deputy.

”I observed that the card reader showed their cards to be invalid but Sanwo-Olu and his wife were allowed to cast their votes and this is against INEC’s electoral process,” Israel said before the tribunal.

Under cross-examination from counsel to INEC, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Charles Edosomwan, the witness also said he was beaten up that day by the All Progressives Congress supporters.

He said: “I am not a member of the Labour Party but I was assigned as an agent. When the APC thugs recognised me as an LP agent, they beat me up. They also said if voters did not vote for APC, they would beat them too.”

When asked by counsel to Sanwo Olu Olu, to describe how he was beaten.

He added, “During casting of votes, 4 of them beat me up. I ran away, changed my clothes to disguise myself and came back to monitor the counting of votes.”

He also noted that there were cases of multiple casting of votes but INEC officials failed to intervene.

“I observed more than 3-4 people voting more than once at the polling unit. INEC staff conducted the elections, though they looked the other way when this was going on.”

While answering questions from counsel to APC, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Abiodun Owonikoko, Israel disclosed that a total number of 126 people were accredited at the polling unit where Governor Sanwo -Olu voted while APC had 121 votes, LP was given 2votes.

The tribunal has adjourned till July 3 for the continuation of the hearing in the petition.

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